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How do I highlight text with color in confluence?

I have some documents in my Google Docs that I would like to transfer to Confluence.
My document makes heavy use of highlighting text in color to differentiate certain contextual elements in the document.

How do I highlight text with color in confluence?

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I still don't see any options for highlighting text easily. What are your plans in this regard?

not really an answer. more of an add-on. i really want to highlight text inline from my page, not put it in its own box. i need to identify code to be changed vs. code that is good. maybe i'm just stuck in an old version of confluence?

If you figure this out please share it.

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Hello Cobin and welcome to Community!

There is an open feature request: Provide ability to easily highlight text with color in WYSIWYG editor, you can vote for it to show interest and watch it to be updated.

You can use macros as a workaround:

  • Info (blue)
  • Tip (green)
  • Warning (red)
  • Note (yellow)
  • Background Color (custom)
  • Panel (custom)
  • Status (single words)

You'll get this as a result:



Hope this helps,

- Manon

how do you make the status box that big? Mine is only a few character wide, and after that it shows "..."

Hello @Laura Servidei,

The status box is small and ends with "..." while in Edit mode, publish the page and it should be bigger :)

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but still when i wanted to make my header in red color background i am not able to see red color in the background color list can someone help me on this,

One workaround available is to insert a simple, 1-cell table (by typing /table) and choosing from one of the available palette colors for the background of the cell:

Step 1 – Insert table.png



Step 2 – Add text and change background color.png


Step 3 – Publish.png

Use the span macro to set the style.

Screen Shot 2021-05-27 at 9.33.55 AM.png

Where do we get that?

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I can't find it either...

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Looked promising, but is only available for server, which is no longer sold.

It's disappointing that text formatting options are so limited on Confluence.

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Ridiculously limited

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